Thursday, July 17, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...

On Resisting Temptation (part 3)

Some suffer great temptations in the beginning of their conversion, others toward the end, while some are troubled almost constantly throughout their life. Others, again, are tempted but lightly according to the wisdom and justice of Divine Providence Who weighs the status and merit of each and prepares all for the salvation of His elect. (different crosses in different states in life)

We should not despair, therefore, when we are tempted, but pray to God the more fervently that He may see fit to help us, for according to the word of Paul, He will make issue with temptation that we may be able to bear it. ("along with the test He will give you a way out of it so that you will be able to endure it" 1 Cor. 10:13)

Let us humble our souls under the hand of God in every trial and temptation for He will save and exalt the humble in spirit. (our crosses are different)

In temptations and trials the progress of a man is measured; in them opportunity for merit and virtue is made more manifest. (our soul grows through suffering)

When a man is not troubled it is not hard for him to be fervent and devout, but if he bears up patiently in time of adversity, there is hope for great progress.

Some, guarded against great temptations, are frequently overcome by small ones in order that, humbled by their weakness in small trials, they may not presume on their own strength in great ones. (through making small sacrifices we are strong enough to endure greater ones)

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